Microsoft may have ended its offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 back in July but a new report claims users running Windows 7 and 8.1 can still upgrade free of charge.
While those annoying prompts telling you to upgrade to Windows 10 have disappeared all the background functions that allowed you to upgrade are still active, says leading Microsoft analyst Ed Bott.
This means that users running genuine versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can still upgrade for free.
Bott says that the upgrade still works because Microsoft’s servers are still approving licensing for the free upgrade.
“As of July 30, 2016, the upgrade notifications stopped and the GWX app began disappearing. In theory, that means the only way to get a Windows 10 upgrade is to pay for it”, say Bott
“The funny thing is, no one told the folks who run Microsoft’s activation servers. Which means today, months after the free upgrade offer supposedly ended, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital entitlement, without being forced to jump through any hoops,” Bott explains.
The price of Windows 10 in Thailand ranges from B3,990 to B5,590 depending on if you choose a Home or Pro edition.
As long as you are running a legit version of Windows 7 or 8.1, the following method to upgrade for free should still work, Bott says.
Here’s how to upgrade to Windows 10 for free
1. Visit the Download Windows 10 website:
2. Click Download Tool Now
3. Once downloaded, run Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool
4. Next, select Upgrade this PC Now and follow the on screen instructions
5. Once finished you will be given a license key for Windows 10.
6. Activate the license key by going to Settings > Update & Security > Activation
Bott says he tested the method on “two different virtual machines, both created from scratch and running clean, fully activated installs of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1”.
The news comes after the release date of the next major update of Windows 10, called the Windows 10 Creators Update, tipped for April this year.
If you upgrade to Windows 10 using the method above, you will also be able to download the Creators Update when it is available.
The Windows 10 Creators Update is set to include a host of new features and could also have a fresh new look.